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Hosted by Heart & Stroke, Hockey Heroes Weekend offers participants a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to play hockey with NHL alumni. Some of the greatest NHL heroes share the ice with our Hockey Heroes Weekend participants including Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Marty McSorley, Al Iafrate, Denis Savard, Brad May and Brian Skrudland just to name a few. Each year we promise an unforgettable line-up and event for participants, sponsors and the community.
Confirmed Alumni! Here’s some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2019 Hockey Heroes Weekend.
Chosen third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 1980 draft, Savard starred with the Blackhawks for a decade. Between 1982 and 1988, Savard topped the 100-point mark five times, including a personal best of 131 points in the 1987- 1988 season. He was named to the NHL second all-star team in 1983 and helped Chicago reach the semi-finals in 1985, 1989 and 1990. The tricky pivot was traded back home to the Montreal Canadiens, prior to the 1990-1991 season. In the 1992-1993 season, Savard scored fifty points and played fourteen games for Montreal, winning the Stanley Cup- his first and only time hosting the Stanly Cup. Denis Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2000. And the Chicago Blackhawks retired his No. 18 jersey on March 19, 1998.
Drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, Shayne Corson would twice represent his country at the World Junior Championships, while playing in the OHL for the Hamilton Steelhawks, before turning pro with Montreal in 1986. He quickly established himself as a power forward and would spend parts of eight seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Shayne would spend the next three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues. He would spend just over a year with St. Louis before being dealt back to Montreal during the 1996-97 season. Shayne spent the next four seasons back with team that drafted him, representing his country on the Olympic stage in Nagano in 1998, before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000. He spent the next three years with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars prior to the 2003-04 season, his last year in the NHL. Throughout his NHL career, Corson played in 1156 regular season games, scoring 273 goals and adding 420 assists for 693 points along with 2357 penalty minutes.
Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 799 career NHL games spanning over 12 NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992-93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points with the Washington Capitals. That year the Capitals set a record for most goals by defensemen on a team in one season. Iafrate is most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record, which stood for 16 years.
May was drafted 14th by the Buffalo Sabres, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on February 5, 1998. After sitting out during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, May signed with the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent for two years on August 20, 2005. He was later traded on February 27, 2007 to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks went on to win the Stanley Cup that year and May had his name engraved on the Cup for the first time in his career. During the 2008-09 season on January 7, 2009, On April 8, 2009, May played in his 1,000th career NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres. It was no coincidence that the milestone came against the Buffalo Sabres, as he was purposely sat out for the previous game.
Roy was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played Junior in the QMJHL and racked up 701 penalty Mins over 3 seasons. André made his NHL debut with the Bruins in ‘95/’96 season and spent 3 years with their organization. In the ‘99/’00 season Roy became a regular with the Ottawa Senators, a team he would play 3 seasons before being traded to Tampa Bay. With the Lightning Roy, would win a Stanley Cup in 2004. He also played for Pittsburgh and Calgary and finished his 11 year NHL Career in 2009. He played 556 Games and had 72 points to go along with 1,267 penalty minutes.
If there is a player who inspires near-hysteria among the Leafs Nation, it is Doug Gilmour. Selected by St. Louis in the seventh round, he eventually started in 1983 when the Blues’ depleted roster required a call-up. Nicknamed ‘Killer’ for his intensity, Gilmour played like a man much larger. After five seasons and the1987 Canada Cup tournament, the Blues traded Gilmour to Calgary. That year, he was a star in the playoffs (22 points in 22 games) and the Flames won their sole Stanley Cup. After three more seasons, he was traded to Toronto in the biggest deal in league history. In his first full season, he earned 127 points, a Maple Leaf franchise record and still won the Frank Selke trophy for best defensive forward! The Leafs made him captain in 1994, which he remained until he was traded to New Jersey in 1997. He then bounced between Chicago, Buffalo and Montreal before returning to Toronto. In 1656 games, he finished with 510 goals and 1092 assists for 1602 points. Doug is currently the General Manager of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.
Daze was drafted 90th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks and played 11 seasons. Daze was a key contributor to the Canadian under-20 junior team that skated to a gold medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships. That year, he was named a tournament All-Star. In a shortened 1994-95 season, the 19-year-old Daze made his NHL debut on April 27 against the Dallas Stars. Just three nights later, he scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings.
In 1995-96, Daze joined the Blackhawks full-time and collected 30 goals and in 2000-01, scoring 33 goals before establishing a career high 38 in 2001-02. Aside from his World Junior experience, Daze represented Canada at the World Championships (1998-1999).
Mike learned the fundamentals of the game in his hometown Montreal, that lead to a NHL career of almost 900 games. Drafted by Boston in 1979 he spent two years in the organization before joining full time in 1982-83. He scored 23 goals and 65 points in his rookie season and quickly became regarded as one of the best young players in hockey. Traded in 84-85 season to the Oilers where he recorded his career highs as well as the Stanley Cup. He even played in the 1985 All-Star Game. Krushelnyski was part of the biggest trades in NHL history, On August 9, 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Gretzky and Marty McSorley. He played with the Kings before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1990-91. He was with Toronto for four seasons before signing for one year with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. He finished his career in 1996-97.
Stock went undrafted after two seasons with the Victoriaville Tigers of the QMJHL where he amassed 957 penalty minutes. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 1997 where he spent the next three seasons playing for the Rangers and their AHL farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Prior to 200001, Stock signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He played 20 games that year, before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. After a brief return to New York in the following offseason, Stock was claimed by the Boston Bruins. Stock totaled 523 penalty minutes in 235 NHL games before retiring in 2004. After retirement Stock had his own show on Montreal radio called The Stock Exchange on Team 990. Stock debuted on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in 2007 as a panel member for The Hot Stove segment. He current resides in Montreal and is an on air personality for RDS.
Patrice was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 30th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior career for the Laval Titan and Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. In 9091, Patrice was awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy for being the best defencemen in the QMJHL and was named to the QMJHL All-Star team. That season Patrice would win the award for being the best defenceman in the CHL. Patrice would play for the Canadiens for 14 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 1992- 93 after defeating the LA Kings. By 1999, Brisebois had become the leader of the Canadiens defence core. Following the NHL lockout in 04, Patrice left the Canadiens and signed a two year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Patrice would have a career year scoring a high 38 points with the Avalanche in the 200506 season. In the summer of 2007 Patrice would sign a one-year deal returning him to his hometown team Montreal Canadiens, and at the end of the season would extend a further one-year deal. In 2009, after an 18-year career and over 1000 games played in the NHL Patrice would announce his retirement. Brisebois ranks third all-time in games played for the Canadiens as a defenceman, lacing up 896 times.
Drafted 156th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1997, Campbell in his final year of junior would score 87 points in 62 games and helped lead his team to the Memorial Cup Championship. He was also named the OHL's Top Defenseman, and MVP. Brian’s next two seasons were spent with the Sabres farm team the Rochester Americans though he would play 29 games on the Buffalo blue line and chipped in three goals and six points. Campbell would dress as an everyday player with the Sabres in 2002-03. After his breakout season with the Sabres in 2005-06, Campbell led all Eastern Conference defenceman in All-Star voting. As a result, starting in his first NHL All-Star game. That season Campbell recorded a career high 48 points and helped the Sabers win the Presidents Trophy in 2006-07. A year later, with Campbell set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Buffalo Sabres would trade him to the San Jose Sharks. Campbell played in 20 games that year and was the quarterback of the Sharks offensive rushes. During the off-season in 2008 Campbell signed an 8-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, due to injury Campbell was limited 68 regular season games and 19 playoff games. the 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Campbell and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961. In the summer 2011, Campbell's time in Chicago would come to an end. He was traded to the Florida Panthers. In his first season with the panthers, Campbell was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. After spending five seasons in Florida, Campbell would re-join the Chicago Blackhawks. He would appear in 80 games for the Blackhawks during the 2016-17 season. In the summer of 2017, Campbell officially announced his retirement from the NHL.
Mayers was selected 89th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues after spending 4 years in the NCAA with Western Michigan University. Mayers made his NHL Debut with the Blues during the ‘96/’97 season. He earned a full-time position with them in 1998 and spent 11 seasons with the organization. Jamal also played for Toronto, Calgary, San Jose, and Chicago where he was a member of the Stanley Cup Winning Hawks team in 2013. He also won Gold for Canada during the IIHF World Championships in 2007. His career totalled 978 NHL Games played over 15 Years.
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